How many are at your 4th of July picnic?
The low price is not worth your health
By Molly Rauch, Mar 11, 2019
Woman’s Day – When it comes to safety, dollar-store deals might not be a bargain after all.
A 2015 study found 81 percent contained one or more hazardous chemicals.
The tests, conducted by the consumer testing group Healthy Stuff, found chemicals associated with cancer, obesity, diabetes, asthma, thyroid and kidney diseases, learning problems, lower IQ, birth defects and early puberty.
Here are 10 items you might better off buying elsewhere.
1. Plastic Kitchen Utensils
Those black slotted spoons and spatulas may contain high levels of bromine, a component in brominated flame retardants, or BFRs.
Though these are added to make the products resistant to fire, they’ve been linked to cancer, birth defects and impaired brain development and have been banned or phased out in the U.S. So, what are they doing in kitchen utensils? Suppliers are likely substituting cheap, hazardous recycled content – probably from old electronics – for virgin plastic. Products made with such recycled plastic can be contaminated with BFRs and our regulatory system misses them. Instead, choose stainless steel.
2. Flannel-Backed Table Covers
Protecting your table from scratches and stains, these bright, reusable covers seem like a good way to add a festive feel to your feast. But some testing uncovered high levels of lead, a neurotoxic metal that is especially harmful to fetuses and children. It can reduce IQ and cause behavioral problems. Vinyl tablecloths aren’t a good alternative because they’re made with cancer-causing vinyl chloride. Instead, look for a reusable, washable cloth table cover or a disposable paper or plastic one.
3. Silly Straws
These have tested high for levels of DEHP, a phthalate (pronounced “thal-ate”) used widely in consumer products, usually to soften brittle plastics. Some phthalates interfere with the body’s endocrine system and studies have linked phthalate exposure to asthma and allergies, prostate and testicular cancer and type 2 diabetes. Six phthalates, including DEHP, have been restricted in children’s products … Read more.